Tag Archives: 1970s

Nixon Now

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It’s interesting how all this political drama can be going on all around you, and you have no idea what’s happening, just because you happen to be in the first grade. I was 9 when the U.S. fled Vietnam, the war that was famously brought into our living rooms. And I have no memory of it at all. And as far as Nixon goes, and all the hoopla, no memory.

I do remember ordering a poster of President Ford from a scholastic book order in second grade. Yeah, I was that kid. And I remember having a brief discussion about the Ford-Carter election with my babysitter. My well reasoned point–I don’t know why they don’t just stay with the president we’ve already got. My baby sitter agreed.

My first Nixon memories are of Saturday Night Live skits that I didn’t really get. Dan Aykroyd’s Nixon pretending the whole coverup was just he and Halderman playing a joke for the microphones. And was there a weird one where Nixon ended up on his knees with one of is aides praying for help while the painting of Eisenhower gave him the stink eye? Did I just make that up? (Maybe the Eisenhower painting part came from Porky’s.)

[After some research, it was a portrait of Lincoln (“You’re lucky; they just shot you.”), and it was Kissinger forced to his knees to pray with Nixon. — Rolling Stone’s 50 greatest SNL sketches of all time.]

Giddy-up

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I was just reminiscing the other day about the 1970s when it was fashionable to antique things. (Antique is a verb in that sentence.)  In particular I was thinking of this very piece which my mother made look old by painting and burning. That’s me as maybe a third grader, riding the horse like a proper English gentleman. I’ve recently acquired this piece as my parents have begun to clean out their basement. I suspect it will find a prominent place in my classroom.

Three Dog Night

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I’m going to need a little help from my brother on this one. I don’t remember seeing Three Dog Night, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t, but I suspect this button didn’t come from me. I do remember seeing some 1960s bands in Manhattan like the Drifters maybe and the Association, who didn’t have any of the original members in it. Just not sure about this one.

Friend Carrie: LOVED the Dogs!! Friend Lisa and I saw them at Worlds of Fun a couple summers. Black and White was my jam!

Brother Mike: I saw them with the Beach Boys in the bicentennial center in Salina. They maybe had one original member, or the cousin of an original member.